Indigenous Peoples’ Day: A time to celebrate and honor Tribal Nations

Monday is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and events throughout the state are planned to celebrate it. 

President Joe Biden officially proclaimed the holiday in 2021, though it’s been unofficially recognized for decades. 

“Our Nation celebrates the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples, recognizes their inherent sovereignty, and commits to honoring the Federal Government’s trust and treaty obligations to Tribal Nations,” he wrote. 

The holiday is typically observed on the second Monday in October, and according to, is “typically paired with Columbus Day or replaces the federal holiday altogether.”

“On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we honor America’s first inhabitants and the Tribal Nations that continue to thrive today,” Biden wrote in 2021. “I encourage everyone to celebrate and recognize the many Indigenous communities and cultures that make up our great country.”

Five federally-recognized tribes live within Idaho, including the Shoshone-Bannock (or Newe), the Nez Perce (or Nimiipuu), the Coeur d’Alene (or Schitsu’umsh), the Kootenai (or Ktunaxa), and the Shoshone-Paiute (or Numu). 

To learn more about the tribes, check out our series, “Still Here: Tribes fight to be seen in Idaho classrooms.” It includes:

Events to honor Indigenous people are being held statewide today, including on college campuses:

Idaho EdNews Staff

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